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Field Performance of PV Modules Quality Control Process
R. Moreton Villagrá, E. Lorenzo, F. Martinez-Moreno
Photovoltaic (PV) Module, Quality Control Process, Flash-Report
Components for PV Systems
Subtopic: PV Modules
Event: 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, 1-5 September 2008, Valencia, Spain
Session: 4AV.3.33
2875 - 2877
ISBN: 3-936338-24-8
Paper DOI: 10.4229/23rdEUPVSEC2008-4AV.3.33
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In the current photovoltaic market, the importance of module quality control process is growing although its implementation in large size plants is not evident and it can also produces delays in the setting up of the power plant. In this article, the authors describe a simple module testing process aimed to be applied in the field. It allows more than 1MW per day testing rate and a repeatability better than 1,5%. The process has been tested in the facilities of the Instituto de Energía Solar of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and it has been applied in the field in a 12 MW photovoltaic plant in Spain. The results show different values from what was expected if attending to manufacturer data, in particular a higher dispersion in power values. This make the authors think that classifying the modules on the basis of their flash-report power has no relevance.